Newspaper reporter Juliette has swapped city life for the clean air of a small village since she wants her six-year-old son, Freddie, to enjoy a country upbringing. Husband Joe, a radio DJ, has remained in London, after getting a shot at a coveted breakfast slot. But as Joe’s weekend visits become less frequent and Freddie isn’t enjoying his new school, Juliette struggles to cope with her now solo parenting duties and her job as a features writer. With some interesting side plots about a pregnant teen and a charismatic entrepreneur facing business troubles, this is an enjoyable story about long-distance relationships, working mothers and whether the grass really is greener in a rural setting.
When they were young girls, Laura and Kate's mother walked out - and hasn't been seen since. Now in their 20s, Laura is a withdrawn bulimic who works for a self-important accountant; while Kate is trying to make it as a journalist without falling back on her newspaper mogul father's connections. Kate heads to Lancashire to work for a small paper and is thrown straight into the deep end when a local girl goes missing. In a pacy read, the story continues as both girls find themselves with the wrong men, face unexpected life turns and try to keep the family business afloat.